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kobo



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Posted - 16 Jan 2014 :  06:16:50  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. Two journalists arrested, charged over political defection article

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Point has learnt through reliable sources that Musa Sheriff, editor and publisher of The Voice newspaper has been arrested and detained.

According to sources, Sheriff was picked up from his office in Serekunda where four officers in plain-clothes came early Monday morning and waited for his arrival, before taking him to Sanyang Police Station.

His arrest, sources added, is in connection with a story published in The Voice newspaper in December with the headline: ‘‘19 green youths defect to UDP’’, a report the ruling APRC denied in another story published in the same newspaper......

Source: The Point News & full report

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Edited by - kobo on 16 Jan 2014 10:33:26

kobo



United Kingdom
7765 Posts

Posted - 17 Jan 2014 :  18:21:51  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. GPU Appeal For Charges Against The Two Journalists be Drop,

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In a press release sent out last evening, The Gambia Press Union, GPU, has expressed concern over the continued detention of two Gambian journalists, arrested since Monday and detained by state security agents. The country’s umbrella media organisation express concern over the continuous detention of its members and appeal to the authorities to drop charges against them in the interest of press freedom and the right to information,......

Source: The Daily News & full report


2. Charged Journalists arraigned, granted bail

Friday, January 17, 2014

The two journalists arrested recently were yesterday arraigned and granted bail by the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Magistrate Lamin Mbye.
Musa Sheriff, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Voice newspaper, and Sainey M.K. Marena, a freelance journalist, were Monday arrested by state security agents in connection with a story carried by the newspaper.

They were detained until yesterday when they were brought to court, arraigned, and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public, which both denied.

Sainey M.K. Marena and Musa Sheriff were accused in count one that on 6 December 2013, in Banjul and diverse places, they conspired to publish in The Voice newspaper a story headlined: “19 Green Youths Join the opposition UDP” dated 6 December 2013, and thereby committed an offence.

In count two, the two journalists whilst employed as editor-in-chief and reporter respectively at The Voice newspaper made a publication with the headline: “19 Green Youths Join the opposition UDP” dated 6 December 2013, knowing or having reason to believe that the said publication was likely to cause fear to the public or disturb the public peace, and thereby committed an offence.......

Source: The Point News & full report

Edited by - kobo on 17 Jan 2014 18:22:45
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